Yankees routed by Orioles

Karstens hit hard in start; offense held in check by Cabrera
08/14/2007 10:12 PM ET
By Caleb Breakey /

Karstens reacts after giving up grand slam.(AP)
NEW YORK -- Aubrey Huff hit a grand slam off New York starter Jeff Karstens in the third inning and the Orioles capitalized on the Yankees' shaky defense to beat the Bombers, 12-0, at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Huff's shot marked the first big blow of a night that featured several pitches up in the strike zone, which the Birds ripped for a combined 13 hits off Karstens, Jim Brower and Ron Villone.

The Orioles knocked Karstens out of the game after three innings, tagging him with five hits and five runs. The Yankees right-hander walked four and struck out one in the losing effort, dropping to 0-2 on the season.

Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera, who improved to 9-12, plowed over the Yankees' lineup. It didn't matter that the big right-hander had trouble finding the strike zone -- walking six batters -- because he only surrendered two hits.

Hideki Matsui, who misjudged a fly ball in the sixth one batter after Robinson Cano made a throwing error, picked up New York's first hit of the game with one out in the fourth inning, and Alex Rodriguez added a dribbler that went for a hit in the sixth. comments